My name is Dylan Gingras. I am 5 years old. I am in Pre-Kindergarten at Valley Christian Academy. I was adopted from the foster system, with my 2 younger brothers, when I was 2 years old. I am a very smart, active, outgoing and loving little boy. I love to ride my bike, read, draw, play baseball and run.
Last year, I was diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. This is a disability that can happen when a mother drinks alcohol while pregnant and causes permanent organic brain damage. This changes the way that I think, process information and react to my surroundings.
My family has decided that it will help me to be more self-confident and independent if I could get my very own service dog. This dog will be chosen specifically for me and trained for my very specific needs. This way, I have a best friend who will be with me always and can help me overcome some of the daily challenges I face. Some of these challenges include a tendency to wander away from where I am supposed to be, extreme anxiety over loud noises and large crowds, night terrors, self-harming behaviors and some emotional over-stimulation that often results in melt-downs.
We found 4paws for Ability through a Fetal Alcohol Syndrome support network. They specialize in training dogs for all sorts of disabilities, including FAS. It costs 4 Paws at least $40,000 to raise and train a service dog. We are committed to raise $17,000 for my dog.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story and thank you for all your support!
All donations should be made DIRECTLY to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Dylan Gingras
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.
Please make checks out to 4 Paws for Ability and please make sure to write on your check memo line – “In honor of Dylan Gingras” – so that we receive the points from your donation.
If you wish to make a donation on-line the website, is www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now . Include Dylan’s name in the “instructions to merchant” through PayPal. You may also call to make a credit card donation over the phone at (937) 374-0385 – Monday thru Friday 9AM to 4PM EST.